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post #1 of 9
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I am considering making my own computer case from scratch and have recently considered making it from aluminum sheet metal. I may use mild steel for the mb tray and hd bays.

I would like to hear your opinions on this idea and any pros or cons you may come up with about the case.
post #2 of 9
i think its a good idea may cost alot. i want to make a pedestal for my 650d like wat case labs makes. to do extreme water cooling:thumb:thumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gif
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I am not to worried about the cost of it I was just wondering about what people thought about the heat properties and the malleability of it.
post #4 of 9
Acrylic is a great material for case building. Comes in nicw colors too.
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Originally Posted by ShadowSpawn666 View Post

I am not to worried about the cost of it I was just wondering about what people thought about the heat properties and the malleability of it.

thermally speaking. aluminum will not perform better then steel if proper airflow is engineered into the case.

the only time aluminum will have an advantage over steel is if the case is designed to be a heatsink and the heat is actually channeled onto the aluminum for that purpose. perfect example would be a case that is no longer in production (TNN500AF) it's no longer in production because the price tag was $1000 to $1200 biggrin.gif

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aside from extreme examples like the TNN500AF, the material the case is made from does not matter as long as you have good airflow pattern designed into the chassis. aluminum is more of an aesthetic choice rather then a performance choice when it comes to computer cases. (reason why you don't see aluminum server cases where performance is all that matters)

if you are going to build a custom chassis and decide to go with aluminum, you don't have to use milled steel for the mobo tray, you simply need thicker aluminum. something like a 4mm thick aluminum plate would more then suffice as a mobo tray and will offer superior rigidity then the typical thinner steel counter part.
post #6 of 9
I have to agree with the above poster, but as a simple example you can check out most (actually I think all) Lian Li cases are aluminum. It's a great material for cases if you ask me, although it does seem to be mostly asthetics. Maybe weight if you are going with thicker sheets for rigidity. Go for it, I think if you do it right it will look awesome!
Oh and btw that TNN500AF case is ugly as sin. I bet you would end up getting cavity searched if you tried to get that through an airport.
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IDK if you have the tools or work at a place that has machines to form metal?

Either way, aluminum will be the easiest to work with.
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post #8 of 9
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thanks for the replys. I am mostly thinking for the aesthetics of the case and I am glad to hear some people like the idea of the case. It will take me some time to make but I will be sure to post the pics on here as i progress.
post #9 of 9
good luck. if you want some shortcuts, you can buy a pre fab aluminum mobo tray from lian li and build from there. makes things alot easier since all the ATX holes are pre drilled. not quite as strong as a 4mm slab of aluminum, but i think it'll be strong enough.
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